Heading to Southern India

We finished our time in Ahmedabad and flew this morning through Mumbai (Bombay) to Kochin and are on the bus to Kottayam. This is in the southern part of India.

I’m ready for the change. Our experience in the north was awesome, but after almost a week it was nearing overload on a few fronts:

Food. The food was given to us in overwhelming amounts (we heard our hosts saying it was their duty for each of us to gain 5kg while we were there!). And it was good. But with everything vegetarian (and us having some restrictions on what we could eat) it all started to look the same after a while. In the south, we get some meat again.

The city. The streets are so compact. The sounds never stop. There are even smells most of the time. I like the action, but it feels a little like sensory overload after experiencing it continuously.

The religion. I am still processing all of this, but I could feel being in a Hindu environment continuously. It was fascinating and has some good take aways, but I have never been in a place this long before where it seemed to suppress the presence of Christ and the grace he offers. I don’t say that with a mean spirit…our hosts were not at all anti-Christian. But Hinduism simply dominates the culture and God’s Grace is among key elements where it is different from my faith in Jesus.

I hope I will be able to post this week about how that presence is alive and well in this southern part of India.

~ by Greg Lee on October 25, 2010.

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